Making history, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games opened to an astounding $155 million at the domestic box office, the third-best debut of all time and the best for any film opening outside of summer.
Hunger Games — the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young-adult novel starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth — also reeled in the biggest opening for a nonsequel.
“It was the perfect storm. Having the first film in a franchise to be so gigantic is amaing. We had a great book and a great director in Gary Ross,” said Lionsgate president of marketing Tim Palen, whose team is credited with a savvy campaign.